Lauder Slimming Down: Beauty Group to Close Prescriptives Division

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In a long-speculated move, the Estée Lauder Cos. said Thursday that it will shutter the retail distribution of its 30-year-old Prescriptives brand by Jan. 31. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Renee Rockefeller and Lauren duPont

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Oscar de la Renta

Renee Rockefeller, Lauren duPont, Zac Posen and Amanda Heart were among the front row at the spring show.

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French Connection's current  fall 2009 campaign.


French Connection Losses Reach $16.8M in Half

French Connection Group reported sales in half grew 4 percent amid “difficult retail environments.”

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Human Resources

Avon President Smith Resigns

Elizabeth Smith, president of Avon Products Inc., is stepping down Oct. 30 to pursue a job as a chief executive officer.

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Norman Karr in 1966.


Obituary: Former MFA Chief Norman Karr

Norman Karr, whose 50-plus year career included executive director of the Men’s Fashion Association, died Wednesday.

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Rachel McAdams

Fashion Scoops

Nearing the End: Front Row at Proenza Schouler

By the time she hit the Proenza Schouler show on Wednesday, Courtney Love was feeling just a little fashion fatigue.

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Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys


Blige and Gucci Host FFAWN Charity Event

Mary J. Blige and Gucci hosted a cocktail party Wednesday night to celebrate the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Day.

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Prescriptives products.


End of an Era: Lauder to Close Prescriptives Division

In a long-anticipated move, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. said Thursday it will shut down wholesale distribution of its 30-year-old Prescriptives brand by Jan. 31.

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Kathy Griffin

Fashion Scoops

Big Star: Front Row at Isaac Mizrahi

Kathy Griffin was brimming with excitement at the Isaac Mizrahi RTW Spring 2010 show.

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Jamie Burke and Eva Mendes

Fashion Scoops

Calvin Klein’s Cinderella’s Line the Front Row

The show was packed with actresses, including house face Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Molly Sims, Kerry Washington, Alice Braga and Thandie Newton.

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Hanesbrands to Abandon Yarn Business

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based basics maker Hanesbrands announces three yarn plants will be sold, another closed.

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Signet’s Net Rises 40 Percent

Jeweler Signet’s earnings for the quarter ended Aug. 1 grew to $27.6 million.

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Two groups are in a bidding war for Filene’s Basement.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Specialty Retail Shows Signs of M&A Recovery

Study shows rise in specialty retail mergers and acquisitions activity in the second quarter of 2009.

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A Fred Farrugia palette.

Color Cosmetics

Fred Farrugia Shows His True Colors

Fred Farrugia, Lanc?me?s former artistic director for makeup, is back in the spotlight, with a highly creative color cosmetics line.

clock September 18, 2009Jennifer Weil

Body Care

Body Shop in Colombia Talks

The Body Shop will hold talks today regarding a wrangle between Colombian farmers and a consortium that allegedly pushed for their eviction.

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Celso Fadelli


Resiliency Seen at Beauty Show Fragranze

Executives at beauty trade show Fragranze said Europe?s niche beauty industry remains resilient in the shaky economic picture.

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Antonio Banderas’ Seduction in Black.


New Antonio Banderas Scent Launching

Seduction in Black fragrance rolls out this month.

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A Charlotte Ronson mini facial by Cygalle Dias.

Human Resources

Backstage Beauty Gets a Dose of Calm

Cygalle Dias’s Mobile Spa pampered models at New York Fashion Week.

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The scene outside Saks Fifth Avenue Thursday.

Beauty Features

Snippets: Maybelline Goes West… Keeping Up With Kalologie…

Maybelline New York is kicking off its Color Sensational Tour in Los Angeles during Primetime Emmy week.

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Mary J Blige and Lisa Price

Beauty Features

Beauty Leaders Advise and Entertain at HBA Global Expo

HBA Global Expo kicked off its annual trade show here at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Tuesday morning.

clock September 18, 2009Pete Born and Andrea Nagel

Inside a Cos Bar store.


Cos Bar Weathers Recession, Expands in Calif.

The Cos Bar isn?t immune to the recession, but the beauty retailer appears to be surviving it better than most.

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The “Cuelight” billiards table in the great room of Esquire’s new Signature Space.


Memo Pad: Esquire’s Bachelor Pad… Sotomayor Set for Latina Mag Cover….

Esquire will unveil its seventh annual Signature Space experiential marketing platform on Sept. 21.

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Designer and Luxury

Loro Piana Said Opening Bigger Space on Madison Ave.

Loro Piana, the understated Italian luxury brand, is set to make a high-profile move on Madison Avenue.

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Terry Lundgren, Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and David Arquette.


Macy’s Kicks Off Charity Campaign

Macy’s Herald Square led the way Tuesday night, staging a celebrity-studded dinner party for 400 guests to launch Come Together.

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Sixty Inks Retail Deal with Aldo for U.S. Unit

Italy’s Sixty SpA has signed an agreement with Aldo Group to oversee its retail division in the U.S.

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Pollini RTW Fall 2009


Aeffe Denies Pollini for Sale

Italian luxury group Aeffe SpA confirmed it was looking at opportunities to strengthen its business.

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Court Upholds EU’s De Beers Decision

A European Union court has upheld the decision by EU antitrust regulators that restricted De Beers from buying rough diamonds from Alrosa Co. Ltd.

clock September 18, 2009Natasha Montrose

Human Resources

IT Holding Expands Suppancig’s Duties

IT Holding SpA on Thursday extended Massimo Suppancig responsibilities to include the same role at knitwear subsidiary Malo SpA.

clock September 18, 2009Andrew Roberts

Body Conscience Body Polish bars.

Body Care

Body Conscience Touts Pure Formulas

Beauty product line Body Conscience will launch next month at C.O. Bigelow and Apothia at Fred Segal,

clock September 18, 2009Rachel Brown

JolieMD’s serum and lotion.

Skin Care

A Blogger and Two Surgeons Take on Skin Tone

JolieMD is a tightly edited skin care line designed to battle hyperpigmentation for all skin colors.

clock September 18, 2009Rachel Brown

Shopping for leather at the China Leather fair.


Improvement Seen at Shanghai Leather Show

Market conditions for Chinese and Asian leather producers are improving, but challenges persist.

clock September 18, 2009Lisa Movius

Handbag from Zagliani.

Designer and Luxury

Labelux Buys Zagliani Stake

Labelux Group, a Vienna-based luxury goods holding company, has acquired a stake in high-end Italian accessories maker Zagliani.

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Alessandro Nivola and Audrey Tautou in “Coco Before Chanel.”


Coco’s Boy Toy: Q&A With Alessandro Nivola

Alessandro Nivola discusses tackling the role of Coco Chanel’s early love.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Said Linking With Target

Jean Paul Gaultier will create a line for Target’s Designer Collaboration series, according to sources.

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Designer and Luxury

Study: Vuitton Scores Highest Value in Luxe

Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands 2009” report cites trust as key factor.

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Ask Jack: J. Crew Style Video Hits Taxis

Mickey Drexler knows who to turn to with a style question, and now the rest of the world will, too.

clock September 18, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Fashion Scoops

Roger Vivier’s Royal Designs… Oscar Motors On… Tricks of the Trade…

Samantha Boardman, Ines de la Fressange and Amanda Brooks mingled at Roger Viver’s regal cocktail party.

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Fashion Scoops

Mingling, Olsen-Style

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took time out for an event with customers of their The Row brand.

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Daily Stock Wrap: September 17, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

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